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Skip Scarborough


Songwriter/manufacturer/arranger/keyboardist Neglect Scarborough’s resumé lists both number 1 R&B strikes “Like Ballad” by LTD and Con Funk Shun’s “Ffun,” “Can’t Cover Like” — popular for both Globe, Wind & Open fire and Creative Resource, EWF’s “Love’s Vacation” and “Globe Wind and Open fire,” the Feelings’ “Don’t Ask My Neighbours,” Mom Finest’s “Like Adjustments,” Phyllis Hyman’s “Solution Is You,” Anita Baker’s “PROVIDING YOU the very best That I’ve Got,” Bobbi Humphrey’s “Enthusiast to Enthusiast,” and Patti Labelle’s “Music Is My Life-style,” “It’s Alright BESIDE ME,” “Come What Might,” and “Like and find out.” Scarborough created the traditional 1978 chill-out recording, Message From your Magic for Atco Information soft spirit vocal group Blue Magic (“Sideshow,” “Three Band Circus”). Scarborough was the musical movie director for the 5th Dimension-flavored vocal group Innovative Source developed by 5th Aspect member Ron Townsend. They charted with the initial edition of Scarborough’s “Can’t Cover Like” in summer months 1973 off their self-titled debut for Clarence Avant’s Detroit, MI-based label Sussex Information. He performed keyboards on the records in addition to on Donald Byrd’s 1975 LP Areas and Areas and 1976 LP Caricatures — both on Blue Take note — and Azar Lawrence’s 1976 Prestige LP People Shifting. Whilst in Bermuda with Innovative Source, he composed “Like Ballad” in mere 20 minutes. Looking to get an designer to record “Like Ballad” proved attempting as most offered the music since it to didn’t possess a recognizable connect. Some believed the name of “Like Ballad” was “A LOT MORE Than THEY ARE ABLE TO Discover.” It appeared kismet that “Like Ballad” will be a career-establishing strike for LTD and business lead vocalist Jeffrey Osborne. He loaded in for Innovative Source’s drummer on brief notice years previously. Made by Larry Mizell, Fonce Mizell, and C. Davis and included on LTD’s third LP Want to the planet, that was reissued being a 1996 A&M Compact disc as a final minute addition, “Like Ballad” laid at number 1 R&B for 14 days in past due 1976. Guitarist George Benson protected the melody on His Living WITHIN YOUR Love LP along with his edition hitting number 3 R&B in springtime 1979 and it is detailed on The George Benson Collection. Scarborough performed on Phyllis Hyman’s 1977 self-titled Buddah Information debut, had written the radio-aired LP monitor “NO-ONE CAN Love You Even more,” co-wrote and created the soft groover “Living WITHIN YOUR Like,” and created the radio-aired LP monitor “Answer Can be You” on her behalf 1979 Arista record Somewhere in my own Lifetime. Scarborough created two albums on Vallejo of CA-born funk/spirit group Con Funk Shun for Mercury/Phonogram Information: 1977’s Secrets, which boasted the singles, the infectious, number 1 R&B strike “Ffun” and “ConFunkShunizeYa,” as well as the 1978 silver LP Loveshine, including “Tremble and Dance BESIDE ME” (amount five R&B), “VERY EASY,” the languid name monitor, and “Can’t DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY” (Scarborough/Wilson). For the 1980 yellow metal LP Nature of Like, Scarborough co-wrote the name monitor and “Drape Call.” Globe, Wind & Open fire documented Scarborough’s “Can’t Hide Like” in springtime 1976 and was included on the two-million-selling set Appreciation, which held the main pop LP place for three weeks in past due 1975. Scarborough published “Earth, Blowing wind & Fireplace” because of their double-platinum Nature LP, which parked at number 2 pop for 14 days in fall 1976; he co-wrote with EWF creator Maurice Light the charming radio-aired LP monitor “Love’s Vacation” for the triple-platinum Grammy-winning LP All ‘N All (number 3 pop, later 1977), which afterwards was the turn aspect of “Sept” (number 1 R&B, quantity eight pop). He performed percussion and secrets on their precious metal recording Powerlight in 1983. Scarborough’s mild ballad “Don’t Inquire My Neighbours” visited quantity seven R&B in fall 1977 for the Feelings who were authorized to EWF creator Maurice White’s Kalimba Productions and Columbia-distributed label ARC. It had been included on the 1977 platinum record Rejoice (amount seven pop, summertime 1977). Pianist Ahmad Jamal do a lovely edition from the tune on Greatest of Ahmad Jamal, a 1980 20th Hundred years LP, therefore did sax participant Gary Bartz on his 1980 Arista LP Music. Scarborough performed keys in the group’s 1978 yellow metal LP Sunbeam in 1978. He was reunited with Feelings lead vocalist Sheila Hutchinson who protected his “I’M GOING TO BE There for you personally” on the other hand of her middle-’80s Straight Existence single, “Maintain just a little Lovelite Burnin’,” made by Ron Kersey. Another Scarborough track, “So So Content,” is around the White-produced 1977 Columbia LP Only a Stone’s DISPOSE OF by Valerie Carter. He also created Patti Labelle’s 1979 Epic LP Music Is certainly My Life-style, whose title monitor was an enormous disco strike and afterwards became a post-release 12″ collectible. The joyous “It’s Alright BESIDE ME” was the LP’s initial single, rendering it to amount 34 R&B in springtime 1979. The record also included the simple “Deliver the Funk” as well as the lush nice ballad “Arrive What May” (David Lasley/Allee Willis), that your vocalist tenderly performed years following its launch on NBC-TV’s The Tonight Display With Johnny Carson. “Arrive What May” was included in the Isley Brothers on the 1987 Warner Bros. LP Simple Sailin’ and charted quantity 71 R&B in fall 1987. Scarborough added production and plans for the singer’s 1992 Live! Compact disc on MCA. He created jazz flutist/vocalist Bobbi Humphrey’s 1977 Epic recording CUSTOMIZED, which included the chugging sensuous radio-aired LP monitor “Fan to Fan,” as well as the even dance amount “Dancin’ to AVOID Cryin’,” that is included on the 1980 Epic LP THE VERY BEST of Bobbi Humphrey. Anita Baker documented and co-wrote “PROVIDING YOU the very best That I’ve Got” with Scarborough and Randall Holland, which remained at number 1 R&B/three pop for 14 days in past due 1988 and was the name of her 1988 three-million-selling LP that kept the main pop place for a month. Scarborough had written and created the ballad “Like Adjustments” and “Don’t Wanna KEEP COMING BACK” through the self-titled 1978 Epic LP through the band Mom Finest’s. With Nancy Wilson, Scarborough sang support vocals on her behalf 1990 Compact disc Nancy Right now! and produced paths on her behalf 1990 Lady Having a Song, including her edition of “Don’t Talk to My Neighbours.” He also created her 1997 Compact disc If I Acquired My Method — all on Columbia. Scarborough extended into gospel music, making and composing “Sacrifice of Compliment” and co-writing “Parts” (Bundy/Scarborough) for Edwin Hawkins’ 1992 CORRECT IT Compact disc In person and doing preparations on Wintley Phipps’ 1995 Coral Compact disc “Power of a Fantasy.”

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Full Name Skip Scarborough
Died July 3, 2003, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Songwriter, Music Producer
Nationality American
Awards Grammy Award for Best R&B Song
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song

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1 He earned his Grammy, with co-writer Randy Holland, in 1988 for best R&B song. The single of "Giving You the Best that I Got" was recorded by Anita Baker.
2 Won a Grammy in 1988, with co-writer Randy Holland, in 1988 for best R&B song, "Giving You the Best That I've Got".



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1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Twins (1988)

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